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Language Proficiency Assessment Commitee (LPAC) 2010-2011. Welcome. Ice-breaker activity: Choose a paper doll. On one side, write the characteristics of your son/daughter as a bilingual student.

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    1. Language Proficiency Assessment Commitee (LPAC)2010-2011

    2. Welcome Ice-breaker activity: • Choose a paper doll. • On one side, write the characteristics of your son/daughter as a bilingual student. • On the other side, write one or two characteristics of a good Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

    3. Commisioner’s Rules • All districts must establish a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC). • All information must be documented: • norms • training certificates • number of members • meetings • decisions Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    4. Remember that this committee… • Reviews the progress of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students that: • participate in a Bilingual or English as a Second Langauge (ESL) program with parental approval • and also those who do not participate in a program due to parent denial

    5. Bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL)? How do we know if a school district needs a bilingual education program or an English as a Second Language (ESL) program? Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    6. Bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL)? • If the school district has an enrollment of 20 or more LEP students of the same language classification in the same grade level district-wide, the district shall offer a bilingual education program for LEP students in Grades Pre-K through 5. • Grade 6 shall be included when clustered with elementary grades. Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    7. Goal of Bilingual Education The use of the primary language (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin, etc.) to: • Provide reading, writing, and comprehension instruction • Provide math, science, and social studies instruction, etc. The use of the second language (English) to: • Provide reading, writing, comprehension, and content area instruction • implement the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) across the linguistic domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    8. Objectives: Enable LEP students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of English Acquire the essential knowledge and skills of academic language in math, science, social studies, and language arts These objectives are achieved by: The implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standard (ELPS) in listening, speaking, reading, and writing across the academic content areas. Goal of English as Second Language (ESL) Programs Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    9. Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs The programs must: • be an integral part of the total school program • use state-adopted texts • use supplementary materials • use instructional approaches designed to meet the needs of each LEP student Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    10. Composition of Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) The Bilingual LPAC is composed of: • A campus administrator • A professional bilingual educator • A professional transitional language educator • A parent of a current limited English proficient (LEP) student participating in the required bilingual program No parent serving on the LPAC shall be an employee of the school district Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    11. Composition of Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) The ESL LPAC iscomposed of: • Oneor more professionalpersonnel: a campus adminstrator and/or a professional ESL educator • Aparent of a Limited English Proficient (LEP) studentparticipating in theprogramdesignatedbythedistrict No parentservingonthe LPAC shall be anemployee of theschooldistrict Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    12. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Committee members’ responsiblities: • Act on behalf of the school district • Know the laws • Maintain confidentiality • Receive adequate training • Meet when deemed necessary Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    13. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Committee members’ responsibilities: • Review and discuss all student data and information • Meet upon the student’s initial enrollment—within the first four weeks (20 school days) • Meet in the spring to determine appropriate assessments, immediately prior to state assessments • Meet at the end of the year for annual review and for the following year’s placement, which may include the use of linguistic accomodations, as appropriate for LAT • Meet as needed to discuss student progress Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    14. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Additional responsiblities: • Indicate each student’s English proficiency level • Indicate each student’s academic level • Indicate initial instructional methodologies and/or interventions in each program • Inform parents of the above-mentioned indications, and obtain parental approval Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    15. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) • Ensure student participation in other programs or services offered through the district • Classify students as LEP or non-LEP according to the criteria specified in section 19 TAC §89.1225 • Determine if the student has met the necessary requirements to be considered for reclassification as non-LEP, and no longer participate in a Bilingual or English as a Second Language program Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    16. Identifying Limited English Proficient Students (LEP) • Parents fill-out a Home Language Survey (HLS). • Consideration of the student’s knowledge of English and academic content is taken into account as mandated by law. Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    17. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) • The committee will recommend participation in a Bilingual or ESL program if the test results indicate that English proficiency is not at a required level. Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    18. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) At the end of the year, the Committee reviews every child LEP In regular education (parent denials) Students exited during the previous two years that are being monitored LEP Being served in a Bilingual or ESL program Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    19. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Reviews: • oral language profiency test data • the student’s academic proficiency level • grades • classroom tests • English or Spanish Reading TAKS test data • English Writing TAKS test data Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    20. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) • The student can be reclassified when he/she has met the exit criteria • A student may only be considered for reclassification at the end of the year Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    21. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Students in a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten may not be exited from a Bilingual education or English as a second language program (ESL). Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    22. Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) • Once the LPAC reclassifies a student as non-LEP, parents must be notified that the student has met the state critieria for exit. • The LPAC must monitor the exited student’s progress for two years. Framework for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process

    23. In summary: LPAC members must: • Know the laws concerning Limited English Proficient (LEP) students • Maintain confidentiality • Advocate for the Limited English Proficient (LEP) student • Contribute to the meeting so that members can make the best decisions for the student

    24. Thank you for your participation.